Thursday, November 28, 2013

thankful thursday

My world.
It's filled with things that make me feel thankful.
I tend to notice many of these things, daily.
Maybe it's years of practice.
Maybe I'm just lucky that way.

With the theme of thanksgiving so prevalent today,
I thought I'd share a few of the things that came to mind.

No strawberries in my garden this year,
but many in my freezer. 
Sweet-smelling reminders of hot summer days.
Today, this little bowl took the edge off a day so cold
the gate latches were all frozen shut.

And this bird?
It may not realize by what amazing luck
I was able to (somewhat) repair this feeder,
previously dismantled by several bears.
But I'm confident this bird is 
pleased with the outcome.
Which makes me very glad I decided to try.

And do you remember 
a couple of months ago,
when Lily was suddenly dead lame?

This morning, like most mornings,
when I hung up Lily's feedbucket 
I gave her a pat and told her how glad I am that she healed so quickly and so well.

A happy outcome with any animal, and any injury,
but this was a little special.
Because this was Lily's first year as a mamagoat,
and she is a natural.
With a good, sound attitude.
She has a lot of promise.

So every day that she was on three legs
gave me cause to feel anxious.
Likewise, every day since
has given me cause to feel joyous.
And I do.

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving Day - today or any other day - has a lovely one! And I hope all your days are filled with things that make you feel thankful.
It's a nice feeling.


  1. Quinn, latches frozen shut...every morning here so I breath on them to help them open. Yes, the bird is a happy bird whether she knows or not, God knows and He blesses you because you're a good steward. I am so glad MamaGoat is better; anxious indeed. I've spent a week vetting one of my alpacas who got up today...thank God! It looks like he might make it after all.

    1. Thank you so much, Sandra - I try to be a good steward but very rarely feel that I'm managing it. SO glad your boy is doing better!

  2. I love your attitude, just love it. I am very happy for the bears, the bird, and for Lily!!! She looks beautiful.

    I am like you in that I tend to notice all the things that I am grateful for. I don't know if it's practice or natural.

    Right now, I am grateful that I have a house. We are heading into some very serious winter weather, with temps barely breaking zero for days on end.

    1. Thanks :) I'll tell Lily that her superior (to her flashy sister) qualities have been recognized!
      Take care in that harsh weather...I'll bet you will end up with some stunning photos, even if you take them through your windows, with a cup of cocoa in your other hand :)

  3. Oh Quinn, this post touched my heart. And thank you for your encouraging words about my new book. They mean a lot!

  4. That is the most beautiful picture of the mama goat.. stunning.. lame animals are such a worry, glad she is better.. c

    1. Very true about the lameness, or any "mystery malady"...the world is off-kilter when there's something wrong in the farmyard. Thanks very much for visiting and leaving a comment, Cecilia! :)

  5. Just dropped by to see how you were doing. Those strawberries still make my mouth water, LOL


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